iPad mini

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iPad mini

The iPad mini is a 7.9" screen version of the iPad.

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[edit] Time Line

  • Apple announced the iPad mini on October 23, 2012 for delivery on November 2, hereafter called the iPad mini 1.
  • The iPad mini with retina display was announced October 22, 2013 for delivery in November, hereafter called the iPad mini 2.
  • On October 16, 2014 the mini 3 was announced. It is a mini upgrade adding the fingerprint ID feature.
  • On Sept 9, 2015 the mini 4 was announced for immediate release.
  • On March 2019 the mini 5 was announced for immediate release. The 2019 model has the A12 Bionic chip with up to 256GB storage. It supports the Apple pencil.

[edit] Features

The iPad mini 1 is a miniature version of the iPad 2 with a better back camera (5MP) and 1 GB RAM. For this reason no new software will be needed to support this product as electronically it looks like a iPad 2. A WiFi and a WiFi + cellular versions are offered. Siri is supported. It also support Bluetooth version 4.0. Initial OS: iOS 6.0. It is the first to use the lightning connector.

The iPad mini 2 adds a Retina display at 4X resolution at 326 ppi. The thickness increased to 7.5 mm or .01 inches to accommodate a larger battery and the weight increased by .05 lbs. (.8oz). The processor was upgraded from an A5 to an A7 (64bit). The iPad mini 2 includes all the Apple apps for free. It ships with iOS 7.

The iPad mini 3 adds a fingerprint recognition feature and drops the 32G option but has a 128G option. It ships with iOS 8.

The iPad mini 4 gives the mini nearly the same performance and the iPad Air 2 with the faster A8 CPU and M8 coprocessor. It has the same screen lamination and antireflective coating as the Air 2. It also sports an 8 Mpixel back camera with 3264 × 2448 resolution. It ships with iOS 9. Only the 128GB is currently offered.

The iPad mini 5 has the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. A 7.9‑inch Retina display with True Tone and Apple pencil support. Bluetooth 5.0 is supported. It ships with iOS 12. It offers 64GB or 256GB. The front camera upped to 7 Mp.

[edit] Pricing

Announced Price: iPad Mini WiFi 16GB $329. 32GB $429, the prices has dropped to $299 for the WiFi model with the announcement of the iPad mini 2. The iPad mini 2 pricing begins at $399. The iPad mini 5 begins at $399.

[edit] Specifications

  • Dimensions: 7.87 inches (200 mm) x 5.3 inches (134.7 mm) x 0.28 inch (7.2 mm) - .29" on the mini 2.
    • mini 5 is 8.0" x 5.3" x .24" (203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm)
  • Screen: 7.9" multi-touch with LED backlight
    • resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels = 163 ppi - 2048 x 1576 = 326 ppi on the mini 2 to 5
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The mini 5 offers wide color (P3) and True tone. It is also brighter than previous models with 559 nits maximum brightness.
  • Weight: 10.9 oz (308 grams) one more gram for the cellular version. The mini 2 is 12 oz, The mini 5 is 10.5 oz.
  • Memory: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, mini 3 offers 128GB, mini 4 is only 128GB, mini 5 has 64GB or 256 GB
  • Wireless (Data only)
    • Model A1454
      • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      • LTE (Bands 4 and 17), the mini 2 offers more bands.
    • Model A1455*
      • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
    • Bluetooth: 4.0 wireless technology, mini 5 supports 5.0
  • Cameras:
    • FaceTime HD Camera
      • 1.2MP photos, 720p HD video (mini 5: 7-megapixel photos ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1080p HD video)
      • FaceTime video calling over Wi-Fi or cellular
      • Face detection
      • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
      • Photo and video geotagging
    • iSight Rear Camera
      • 5MP photos with 2592 x 1944 - mini 4 and 5 has 8 MP with 3264 x 2448
      • Autofocus, Face detection
      • Backside illumination
      • Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, ƒ/2.4 aperture
      • Tap to focus video or still images and to control exposure for video or still images
      • Photo and video geotagging
      • 1080p HD video recording with Video stabilization
  • Input/Output
    • Lightning connector
    • microphone
    • Speaker
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Nano-SIM card tray for Cellular models. Apple sim on mini 3
  • Sensors:
    • Three-axis gyro
    • Accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Digital compass
    • Assisted GPS and GLONASS on Cellular models
    • Mini 3 and later offers fingerprint recognition and Wi-Fi MIMI
  • Battery life: mini 5, 10 hours.

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